If you participate in sports, especially contact sports like football and hockey, your chances of sustaining a head injury are high, although you can also sustain a concussion during a motor vehicle collision, a fall, or other personal injury. Bassil Aish, MD, and Arnold J. Brender, MD, are sports medicine specialists practicing at Beach Physicians Medical Group in Huntington Beach, California. They have decades of experience diagnosing and treating concussions. If you think you or your child has a concussion, call the office to schedule an appointment today.
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to your head or by violent shaking, such as the jerking neck movement that occurs during a rear-end car accident, falling, or other head injuries. During one of these incidents, your brain slides back and forth, forcefully pressing against the inside of your skull.
This pressure injures your brain and impairs its function. The impairment is usually temporary, although it can lead to internal bleeding in your brain, which can have severe consequences.
Concussion symptoms are subtle and often aren’t noticeable for hours or even days after your injury. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you may or may not experience the following:
You may also have delayed symptoms, such as mood disturbances, sensitivity to light and sound, and disorders of taste and smell.
If you think you or your child has a concussion, you should contact the sports medicine specialists at Beach Physicians Medical Group for a same-day appointment. Concussions can be dangerous, and you need immediate medical attention and close monitoring to make sure you’re not bleeding internally.
Once Dr. Aish and Dr. Brender are satisfied that you don’t have bleeding in the brain, the best way to recover from a concussion is to rest, both mentally and physically. This means you’ll need to avoid vigorous exercise until your symptoms subside and your doctor gives you the all-clear to return to your sport.
If mentally taxing activities trigger or exacerbate your symptoms, you may benefit from reduced hours at work or school. You’ll have frequent checkups with your doctor so they can monitor your recovery and provide advice on when you can add activities back into your routine.
Dr. Aish or Dr. Brender will let you know when you can return to your regular activities, including training and competing for your sport. Recovering from a concussion is a gradual process and can take several months before you’re back to normal. If your child has a concussion, your school may have specific rules about how long your young athlete needs to rest before returning to training and competition.
Call Beach Physicians Medical Group to schedule an appointment today for expert sports medicine care for concussions and other sports injuries.